This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 25/07/2018.
Full list of businesses and entrepreneurs shortlisted to be named the best in Croydon
There have been a record 100 entries shortlisted for the Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2018.
It has been revealed which businesses and entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2018.
A record 100 entries were shortlisted for the awards in association with Willmott Dixon thanks to the “outstanding depth and quality” of submissions from more than 80 Croydon businesses and entrepreneurs.
The independent adjudicator who drew up the list, business consultant Paul Hadfield, said this year’s high standard made it difficult to decide who got through to the next round of judging.
“I was really impressed, not only by the number of entries but also the outstanding depth and quality of the submissions,” said Mr Hadfield, who has been a business development and management training consultant for over 30 years.
“Several categories were particularly hotly contested, include SME Excellence, Women in Business and Tech and Innovation.”
Mr Hadfield also praised the young entrepreneurs who entered the new Inspirational Young Person of the Year category.
He commented: “These are amazing young people with great ideas, who are just going ahead and making things happen – they really impressed me.”
The other new category for 2018, Love Your Local Trader, sponsored by the London Borough of Croydon, is voted for by members of the public.
People can now vote for their favourite local business by visiting www.croydonawards.co.uk/localtraderand making their selection before the deadline of August 21, 2018.
The winners, including the Croydon Business of the Year, will be announced at a glittering black-tie event, compèred by an as yet unannounced celebrity host, at the luxurious Grand Sapphire Hotel and Banqueting Hall on October 4. Tickets are on sale now at: www.croydonawards.co.uk